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TN asks Center not to sell Naval ships to Sri Lanka

Jayalalithaa says Sri Lankan Navy intensifying their actions against fishermen from Tamil Nadu

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

government today asked the Centre to drop its proposal to sell two naval warships to

In a letter to the Prime Minister today, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that there is a deep and widespread sentiment prevailing amongst all sections of Society and shades of political opinion in about the need to hold the Sri Lankan regime to account for the acts of genocide and war crimes committed in the closing stages of the civil war and the continued discrimination against the Tamil minorities in who are treated as second class citizens in their own country.

The Chief Minister also said Sri Lankan Navy are intensifying their actions against from Tamil Nadu.

“Given the strength of the public sentiment in Tamil Nadu, I was quite sure that the Government of India would not supply any military hardware to Sri Lanka, particularly naval warships which could be potentially deployed against Indian in the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar,” said the Chief Minister.

Even if there is a commitment under an old agreement for such supply of naval warships, in the present circumstances, the Government of India ought to have cancelled such an agreement, said the Chief Minister.

She also urged the Prime Minister to clarify this aspect without any delay and even if there is an existing agreement for supply of naval warships and requested to cancel the agreement immediately and ensure that no support of any kind is provided to the Sri Lankan military forces.

First Published: Wed, September 11 2013. 17:45 IST